When attempting to fdisk a hard drive I am getting an error that says "Hard disk write protect error" whenever fdisk tries to "check drive integrity". This happens twice during the fdisk primary partition creation process, both times at 60% through the process. Although fdisk seems to be able to create the partition, the drive can not be formatted. Before starting this process, the drive was "preformated" using a BIOS utility.
Any suggestions about how to proceed are welcome. I am at a loss as to what to do.
Try low level formatting with the manufacturer's hard disk utility. Next, run the diagnostics part of the program to check the drive integrity. Last, partition normally with FDISK, and format the system partition with the operating system CD. Other logical partitions can be formatted from within the GUI.
If the drive fails the diagnostic, send it back.
If the entire size of the drive cannot be recognized by the mainboard without the BIOS utility, and there is no way to flash the BIOS so that larger drives can be correctly identified, consider investing in a PCI IDE ATA/100 or ATA/133 controller card.